Skip to main content

Questions tagged [space]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-2 votes
1 answer
65 views

Differences in the epistemological description and meaning of Plank length & Plank time and the discretization of spacetime

Why does there seem to be a schism between discreteness and continuity of space and time and even in the scientific setting why isn't there a clear explanation as to what the Planck length and time ...
How why e's user avatar
  • 1,452
5 votes
1 answer
131 views

Philosophical question about space, time, space-time and the arrow of time

I realize this question is going to come off as extremely physical (as in physics) and might even be subjected to being closed but I think it is better for me to voice it here because I realize there ...
How why e's user avatar
  • 1,452
5 votes
3 answers
109 views

Idealization and Abstraction of Space

I found myself pondering about space and realized that aside from the general notion of dimension (that being the minimum number of coordinates needed to specify an entity in the space under ...
Max Maxman's user avatar
0 votes
2 answers
86 views

About quantum interference: space and time [closed]

Questions that I hope are not completely devoid of physical meaning. Firstly, about space. Let be a Hilbert space, in which we can by definition establish the existence of complete and orthonormal ...
Husserliana's user avatar
8 votes
1 answer
215 views

Is it a common misunderstanding to claim that Kant considered time and space to be illusion?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nSS2XgWMAE Is it a common misunderstanding to claim that Kant considered time and space to be illusion? People don't seem to agree on this and some people claim that ...
Sayaman's user avatar
  • 4,249
2 votes
3 answers
345 views

How small can we measure space? [closed]

I got this question after looking into transcendental numbers and I noticed how there are some distinctions that should be made from numbers and reality especially in measurement of length for example ...
How why e's user avatar
  • 1,452
3 votes
0 answers
58 views

Recommendation for references on the philosophy of space and time

I am a mathematician by training but I have absolutely no formal (or even informal) training in philosophy. I am also beginning a project to write short stories with a heavy focus on mathematics, in ...
Paul Cusson's user avatar
6 votes
3 answers
1k views

Has anybody revised Kant's Antinomies of space & time in view of modern physics?

Has anybody updated Kant's antinomies in view of modern physics? In The Critique of Pure Reason (1781) he laid out the Antinomies of Pure Reason highlighting contradictions in the ideas of time and ...
Chris Degnen's user avatar
  • 6,264
1 vote
0 answers
260 views

Can the existence of space be in the absence of matter/energy and time? [closed]

This question has potentially a long answer or ironically a very short answer if the question is a load of nonsense, however, I'm going to ask it anyhow. I propose there are three fundamental ...
8Mad0Manc8's user avatar
3 votes
4 answers
238 views

How void and time originates matter?

- I'm a layman so i may seem confused and not even know what I’m talking about, but that’s why I’m here asking. Please explain this to me, it captivates me so much. If something exists it's affected ...
LAPOdes's user avatar
  • 31
1 vote
3 answers
699 views

Can location be assigned to an entity, given a lack of length, depth, or width?

If one is to postulate an entity that has a complete or absolute lack of height, depth, and width, can such an entity be located anywhere? Or does attribution of location to an entity entail length, ...
Max Maxman's user avatar
3 votes
3 answers
151 views

An object exist means what? And what is the relation of it with space and time?

If something exist mentally & physically, in both forms it is understandable that we have a Idea of it in mind as well as in reality or physically but , what about things which exists in the form ...
Ankita Nayak's user avatar
3 votes
5 answers
224 views

Is space fundamental?

Let's start with a definition of space, like "Space is a three-dimensional continuum containing positions and directions" If we delve deeper into such definitions, we come across terms ...
Siddharth Chakravarty's user avatar
2 votes
4 answers
153 views

Is there a level at which energy and matter are indistinguishable?; viz. can space exist without perception?

My larger question is this: "Can (physical) space exist without perception?" I'm especially interested in a smaller question that I believe addresses the larger question, which is: "Is ...
40EridaniB's user avatar
7 votes
4 answers
2k views

Does Euclidean geometry implicitly assume an observer?

Let's consider a point particle at rest in space relative to an observer. Without a coordinate system, the observer can still determine that the particle occupies a specific point in space. However, ...
armoredchihuahua's user avatar
6 votes
8 answers
2k views

The location of a single object in empty space

Is it correct to assume that if there is only one object in the void (really empty void), then its location (the answer to the question “where” this object is) cannot be established? You need at least ...
ggk hj's user avatar
  • 121
1 vote
3 answers
87 views

The scale of decisions (Time and location) and chaos

Some ideas I am seeking thoughts on: When I place a glass on the bench, how much was decision? I [presumably] did not decide to place it with atomic accuracy. What are the bounds of accuracy ...
Jared Mccracken's user avatar
1 vote
4 answers
223 views

Can space be both Euclidean and non-Euclidean, "at the same time"?

It is often said (or implied) that Kant "dropped the ball" when he said that our knowledge of physical space as Euclidean is given to us a priori; but others come to his defense and say that ...
Kristian Berry's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
309 views

Is time fundamental like space or only a tool for measurement? [closed]

Time is to distance or acceleration what progression is to space. Time “exists” like distance as a measurement but is not ‘real’ like me, you or the earth that we stand. Time is a measurement of ...
Ugo Nwune's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
39 views

If there are abstract cases of space and time, then why wouldn't all the other abstract objects be located inside of them?

As per the SEP article on abstract objects: Some of the archetypes of abstractness are non-spatiotemporal in a straightforward sense. It makes no sense to ask where the cosine function was last ...
Kristian Berry's user avatar
1 vote
7 answers
648 views

Do we exist in the same dimension as time?

For the past few week I’ve had conversations with many forums about this question that’s very pertinent to me. Is time fundamental just like space, or is it simply a property of the progressive nature ...
Ugo Nwune's user avatar
1 vote
7 answers
598 views

Kantian things in themselves not in space or time. How do we locate them?

I have one nagging question about things in themselves being outside of space and time. How do we locate objects in space and time? Why are some objects in our vicinity and others far away? The ...
Marek's user avatar
  • 69
1 vote
0 answers
67 views

Space as being "cardinal-like"?

I was thinking about Zermelo's critique of Cantor's reasoning for the well-ordering principle, how Zermelo characterized it as an appeal to temporal intuition, whereby time itself does the well-...
Kristian Berry's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
191 views

What is philosopher's definition of Universe? And what is Multiverse?

As by definition Universe is collection of every thing in space. So if everything in space is inside universe then why we talk about parallel universes? Wouldn't they be inside the universe by ...
Ha'Penny's user avatar
  • 149
3 votes
2 answers
128 views

Is "infinity" simply an accident of brains/turing machines?

As far as I know, no actual "infinity" exists in the universe. For example, the age of the observable universe is thought to be 10 - 15 billion years, while its size seems to be about 93 ...
Fox Mulder's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
116 views

In Kant, what would happen if singular objects that we perceive in space didn't necessarily have the spatial properties that we perceive them to have?

In Paul Guyer's Kant, section "Space and Time: the pure forms of sensible intuition", Guyer argues that "Kant’s argument for transcendental idealism is incomplete." For that, he ...
gsmafra's user avatar
  • 613
3 votes
1 answer
254 views

Newton and Kant about 'Absolute Space'

Newton starts his book The Mathematical Principals of Natural Philosophy, 1687 II. Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Kant ...
Jo Wehler's user avatar
  • 34.3k
1 vote
3 answers
207 views

Do scalar fields satisfy Kant's indefinitely-divisible matter thesis?

So Kant concluded vs. the Second Antinomy that matter is indefinitely divisible, so he would have taken issue with the idea that the Planck scale is the absolute limit, here. At first, I was thinking ...
Kristian Berry's user avatar
10 votes
9 answers
5k views

Is 4D space metaphysically possible?

It is often said humans can't imagine 4D space due to limitations of our mind, but is this really the case or is 4D (and other n-dimensions greater than 3) truly metaphysically impossible, meaning ...
user289980's user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
28 views

When can we arrive at a border but not cross it?

Does that mathematisation of consciousness allow us to think of arriving at a limit but not crossing (some things seem to suggest we do not cross borders we do get to)? Is that the case only for some ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
1k views

What are some arguments against Idealism as presented by Bernardo Kastrup and others?

I want to know arguments for Space realism (space is real, mind independent substance or system of relations), because Kastrup seems to claim space and time are modes of perception ala Kant and ...
ArAj's user avatar
  • 833
2 votes
4 answers
296 views

I can't understand Schopenhauer on space

It seems to me Schopenhauer considered space as tool by which our mind comprehends the world. And he claims the Will is outside of space and time, my question is what does this mean? How can something ...
ArAj's user avatar
  • 833
1 vote
0 answers
80 views

Does Shape Dynamics use Space relationalism?

(Already posted this on Physics Stack Exchange, hope it's okay) On Wikipedia it says Shape dynamics is an implementation of Space relationalism however I don't see how this can be true. In general ...
ArAj's user avatar
  • 833
1 vote
2 answers
160 views

Is a thing a property of space and time?

For example, there are sayings like “this house is better than yesterday” or “yesterday was so snowy.” Are a thing and spacetime separate things or is a thing a property of spacetime?
user0203's user avatar
10 votes
2 answers
3k views

What was Kant's argument for absolute space from a single hand being necessarily either left or right?

In their book "Von Glückzahl bis Geheimzahl" Christian Hesse and Karsten Schwanke write: As far as the absoluteness of space is concerned, Kant gave the so-called argument from the first ...
vonjd's user avatar
  • 1,051
1 vote
2 answers
225 views

Understanding Kant's view on space and time

I am trying to understand Kant's view on space and time. After reading several articles, I think I somewhat understood what he is trying to say, but I'd like to get my view approved. Here is how I ...
Dimen's user avatar
  • 403
-3 votes
2 answers
158 views

Since spacetime can bend and form waves, does this mean it must be made of sub-units of matter? How can something bend if it does not have sub-units?

I posted this question in Physics StackExchange, but it was closed because it was considered "non-mainstream physics", not sure why. Here's the description I wrote for it: My question is ...
SpaceKidd_N7's user avatar
1 vote
3 answers
412 views

Does Zeno's paradox prove the continuity of spacetime?

Zeno's paradox seems to umply that motion is not possible. The paradox is easily resolved though by pointing to time intervals that get smaller if smaller space intervals are chosen in the formulation ...
Deschele Schilder's user avatar
1 vote
4 answers
180 views

Can you cross a space from which a two dimensional plane is missing?

If I travel through 3d space, will my travel be stopped abruptly if I encounter a 2d plane without space? That is if a 2d plane of space is missing? You can consider every type of motion, continuous, ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
226 views

Is Durkheimian critique of Kantian understanding of space and time valid?

In one chapter in The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life and in paper Primitive classification (Mauss also), Durkheim critiques Kantian a priori pure forms of sensibility: space and time; on basis,...
thealophen's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
155 views

Why is there a (modern) debate between absolutists and relativists in (neo-)Newtonian spacetime? [closed]

I'm reading "Time and Space" by Dainton, and it gives a lengthy discussion on the different views on Newtonian and neo-Newtonian spacetime, arguing that absolutists and relativists (or ...
Mauro Giliberti's user avatar
0 votes
3 answers
550 views

Is it possible for there to exist a geometrically perfect square?

The corners of a geometrically perfect square should have no width. But if they have no width they don't exist. Therefore the corners must have a width. If they have a width they can be looked at as ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
88 views

Beginning of time problems?

Dear philosophy stackexchange, I'm curious as to whether there have been arguments by philosophers for there being a finite past/future or whether it has always been past/future temporally infinite? ...
The victorious truther's user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
1k views

Zeno's stadium paradox: If space is not continuous or discrete, what is it?

Zeno's paradoxes are paradoxical because they show that in a world of continuous time and space, there cannot be any motion, thus all motion that we see are some kind of illusion. His paradoxes then ...
Weezy's user avatar
  • 389
1 vote
3 answers
345 views

Could space be just our perceived reality instead of the true nature of the universe? [duplicate]

We've proven that color is a subjective experience. So we know that the outside world does not look like anything at all. All the events happening in the outside world do not look like anything. But ...
Ryder Rude's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
245 views

How do Kantian's respond to the "Neglected Alternative"?

In his Critique of Pure Reason, Kant posits two seemingly contradictory claims: The nature of Things in Themselves, as they exist apart from the phenomenal world, are unknowable. Time and Space do ...
Charlie's user avatar
  • 208
0 votes
0 answers
63 views

Relational spacetime and simultaneity?

I once asked a similar question but didn't really get the answer or discussion that I was looking for and decided to start clean. Recall that in Galilean (classical) spacetimes its assumed that space-...
The victorious truther's user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
315 views

Is space experienced?

Space doesn't have a taste, a smell, a sound or a "shape". Anything we experience and think seem to require it. It doesn't have any experiential property whatsoever, but we still normally refer to it ...
urhen's user avatar
  • 89
0 votes
3 answers
684 views

What are the benefits of three dimensional space? [closed]

In zero dimensional space, differentiation is impossible. It's necessary (as far as we know) for things to be in two different places to distinguish between them. So, as Euclid says, a point is that ...
user avatar
0 votes
3 answers
115 views

Is visualization : space :: simulation : time?

I'm trying to find the right word to complete this analogy. visualization : space :: w : time? The closest I could get is "simulation," but is this a good answer?
Fomalhaut's user avatar
  • 689